Grosses

'American Sniper' Surpasses $200M Mark After Dominating with $64.37M; 'The Boy Next Door' Debuts with Solid $15.0MJanuary 25, 2015 09:23 AM

by Daniel Garris

Warner's American Sniper continued to absolutely dominate the box office this weekend with an estimated first place take of $63.27 million. In the process, the Clint Eastwood directed Best Picture nominee starring Bradley Cooper surpassed the $200 million domestic mark this weekend. American Sniper was down just 28 percent from last weekend. That represented an extremely impressive second weekend hold, especially for a film with grosses of this magnitude.

Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, American Sniper registered the eighth largest second weekend gross of all-time. American Sniper also registered the third largest January weekend gross of all-time (behind only the film's performance last weekend and the third weekend performance of Avatar back in 2010). With $200.14 million after just ten days of wide release, American Sniper is currently running a massive 64 percent ahead of the $122.32 million ten-day start of 2013's Gravity (which fell 23 percent in its second weekend to gross $43.19 million). Given this weekend's performance, American Sniper is obviously in great position to zoom past the $300 million milestone going forward.

American Sniper took in an estimated $5.8 million from IMAX locations this weekend. That brings the film's IMAX total to $18.8 million, which represents 9.4 percent of the film's overall gross thus far.

The Boy Next Door debuted in second place this weekend with an estimated $15.0 million. Universal's low-budget thriller starring Jennifer Lopez performed on the higher end of pre-release expectations. The film was off to a good start, especially with its low production budget in mind. The Boy Next Door opened 23 percent ahead of the $12.20 million start of 2010's The Back-Up Plan (which also starred Lopez) and debuted just 12 percent below the $17.12 million debut of 2013's The Call. The Boy Next Door received a B- rating on CinemaScore, which is respectable for a thriller. The audience breakdown for The Boy Next Door skewed heavily towards female moviegoers (71 percent) and towards moviegoers 25 years and older (60 percent).

The news was far worse for the weekend's other two wide releases as Disney's Strange Magic and Lionsgate's Mortdecai were both dead on arrival. As was the case with Universal's Blackhat last weekend, Strange Magic and Mortdecai both had a problem finding an audience due in large part to the breakout performance of American Sniper (with poor critical reviews for both films also not helping).

Strange Magic debuted in seventh place with an estimated $5.53 million. The computer animated film written and executive produced by George Lucas debuted below its already modest pre-release expectations. Strange Magic performed similarly to Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return, which opened with $3.75 million back in May of last year. Strange Magic received a B- rating on CinemaScore, which is lackluster for an animated film. The audience breakdown for Strange Magic skewed towards female moviegoers (56 percent) and towards moviegoers 25 years and younger (53 percent). Family audiences represented 71 percent of the film's overall audience.

Mortdecai landed in ninth with an estimated $4.13 million. Unlike Strange Magic, the comedy starring Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow had been expected to have somewhat of a presence at the box office this weekend, due in part to strong levels of online buzz. But much like last year's Transcendence (which debuted with just $10.89 million), Mortdecai failed to live up to expectations. Audiences have clearly lost interest in Depp, especially when it comes to his non-event film roles. Mortdecai received a soft C+ rating on CinemaScore.

Paddington took third place this weekend with an estimated $12.39 million. The family film from The Weinstein Company was down 35 percent from last weekend's three-day start. That represented a nice second weekend hold, especially with the added direct completion from Strange Magic. Paddington surpassed the $40 million mark this weekend and has grossed a very solid $40.06 million. That places the film on par with the $40.06 million ten-day start of The Nut Job last January (which fell 38 percent in its second weekend to gross $12.10 million).

Sony's The Wedding Ringer followed in fourth with an estimated $11.6 million. The modestly budgeted comedy starring Kevin Hart and Josh Gad was down a respectable 44 percent from last weekend. The Wedding Ringer has grossed $39.68 million in ten days, which is on the lower end of expectations. The film is now running 4 percent ahead of the $38.28 million ten-day take of last year's About Last Night (which declined a far sharper 71 percent in its second weekend to gross $7.53 million).

Fox's Taken 3 rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated $7.6 million. The third installment of the Liam Neeson led franchise was down a significant 48 percent from last weekend. Taken 3 has grossed $76.05 million in 17 days, which places the film 28 percent behind the $105.83 million 17-day gross of 2012's Taken 2.

Best Picture nominees The Imitation Game and Selma took in sixth and eighth place with respective estimated takes of $7.14 million and $5.50 million. With aid from expanding into an additional 414 locations, The Weinstein Company's The Imitation Game was up a strong 5 percent over last weekend. Paramount's Selma fell 37 percent from last weekend, due in part to last weekend's performance having been inflated by the Martin Luther King holiday. Respective total grosses stand at $60.64 million for The Imitation Game and at $39.22 million for Selma.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Jul. 30 - Sun, Aug. 1

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$27,485,245-36%3,545-247$7,753$193,313,7413Warner Bros.
2Dinner for Schmucks$23,527,839--2,911--$8,082$23,527,8391Paramount / DreamWorks
3Salt$19,471,355-46%3,6120$5,391$71,033,7112Sony / Columbia
4Despicable Me$15,524,230-34%3,6022$4,310$190,330,4254Universal
5Charlie St. Cloud$12,381,585--2,718--$4,555$12,381,5851Universal
6Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$12,279,363--3,705--$3,314$12,279,3631Warner Bros.
7Toy Story 3$5,122,907-43%2,105-661$2,434$389,761,4917Disney
8Grown Ups$4,548,144-39%2,269-590$2,004$150,761,3856Sony / Columbia
9The Sorcerer's Apprentice$4,465,524-54%2,524-980$1,769$52,026,5283Disney
10The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$4,014,953-44%2,334-787$1,720$288,199,9075Summit
11Ramona and Beezus$3,710,990-52%2,7190$1,365$16,375,6812Fox
12The Last Airbender$1,815,170-57%1,238-889$1,466$127,293,4475Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$3,525,58536%847646$4,162$9,636,5084Focus
2Predators$1,093,290-65%873-973$1,252$49,491,2494Fox
3Knight and Day$700,791-59%831-434$843$74,185,6436Fox
4The Karate Kid (2010)$595,026-46%461-319$1,291$172,932,0648Sony / Columbia
5Shrek Forever After$574,024154%330128$1,739$235,646,95211Paramount / DreamWorks
6The Girl Who Played With Fire$542,670-4%17418$3,119$3,770,7544Music Box
7Winter's Bone$308,597-4%1399$2,220$4,017,1628Roadside Attractions
8Iron Man 2$301,277-31%286-44$1,053$311,417,00713Paramount
9The A-Team$262,351-9%282-14$930$76,164,0928Fox
10Cyrus$220,341-69%216-238$1,020$6,904,9977Fox Searchlight
11I Am Love$207,214-38%125-41$1,658$3,603,8117Magnolia
12Marmaduke$160,245-35%230-24$697$32,915,8819Fox
13Killers (2010)$153,436-22%219-14$701$46,653,5399Lionsgate
14Get Him to the Greek$137,185-19%155-66$885$60,758,8659Universal
15Letters to Juliet$113,952-38%173-61$659$52,751,74112Summit
16Robin Hood$86,250-21%115-56$750$105,219,73512Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$292,711-7%530$5,523$12,143,33420Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Countdown to Zero$114,296177%2724$4,233$167,7122Magnolia
3Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$94,539-8%748$1,278$1,249,9588Sony Pictures Classics
4Khatta Meetha$88,763-71%830$1,069$490,2552Eros
5Get Low$88,182--4--$22,046$88,1821Sony Pictures Classics
6Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$84,794-23%90-38$942$89,726,59010Disney
771: Into the Fire$77,161--20--$3,858$77,1611JS Media
8Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$77,004-38%83-16$928$2,674,3058IFC
9Under the Sea 3D$76,765-6%130$5,905$23,311,24977Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Restrepo$75,2303%368$2,090$651,0596National Geographic
11Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$70,61180%1711$4,154$132,2592NeoClassics
12Agora$61,73916%174$3,632$359,41010Newmarket
13Date Night$60,265-28%76-32$793$98,537,86217Fox
14The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$56,891-20%57-9$998$9,735,09920Music Box
15Solitary Man$56,534-42%63-42$897$4,133,99111Anchor Bay
16The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$39,912-37%4126$973$6,207,19116Sony Pictures Classics
17Grease Sing-a-Long$36,90013%3316$1,118$296,6304Paramount
18Jonah Hex$36,215-72%83-93$436$10,491,5347Warner Bros.
19Life During Wartime$30,6841%65$5,114$73,8862IFC
20Sex and the City 2$28,136-50%42-27$670$95,136,74010Warner Bros. / New Line
21Please Give$22,723-21%35-5$649$3,889,94214Sony Pictures Classics
22The Concert$21,742--2--$10,871$21,7422Weinstein Company
23Exit Through the Gift Shop$19,761-25%140$1,412$3,074,42916Producers Distribution Agency
24Mademoiselle Chambon$19,732-10%6-1$3,289$239,67610Lorber
25The Extra Man$18,861--2--$9,431$18,8611Magnolia
26Micmacs$18,636-7%29-5$643$1,092,43010Sony Classics
27Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$17,226-1%10$17,226$59,9222Arthouse Films
28Splice$15,830-25%14-25$1,131$17,007,9009Warner Bros
29Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$13,038-12%14-1$931$292,3796Sony Pictures Classics
30Avatar$13,028-23%2-1$6,514$749,748,30333Fox
31Winnebago Man$11,18257%94$1,242$69,5094Kino International
32The Killer Inside Me$8,64116%100$864$194,7497IFC Films
33Kisses$8,270-19%83$1,034$47,1563Oscilloscope
34Breathless (2010 re-issue)$7,820-53%6-5$1,303$250,72610Rialto
35The City of Your Final Destination$7,73513%134$595$482,73116Screen Media Films
36Ondine$7,468-48%13-7$574$495,89622Magnolia
37Orlando (2010 re-issue)$7,413-32%31$2,471$26,9452Sony Pictures Classics
38The Dry Land$7,351--5--$1,470$7,3511Freestyle
39City Island$7,305-75%15-25$487$6,645,90820Anchor Bay
40Just Wright$5,942-56%13-14$457$21,520,71912Fox Searchlight
41Mother and Child$5,134-63%10-14$513$1,071,73913Sony Pictures Classics
42Valhalla Rising$4,901-3%20$2,451$27,6933IFC
43To the Sea$4,841125%21$2,421$21,9263Film Movement
44Best Worst Movie$4,65046%1-1$4,650$87,21815Area23a
45The Nature of Existence$4,334-3%21$2,167$27,9267Walking Shadows
46Spoken Word$4,27382%43$1,068$7,3592Variance
47Let It Rain$4,237-35%63$706$97,4707IFC
48Diary of a Wimpy Kid$3,571-64%8-17$446$63,960,04520Fox
49U2 3D$3,556-38%2-1$1,778$10,349,561132National Geographic
50La Mission$3,143-37%60$524$1,060,09617Screen Media
51Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$2,98535%30$995$23,267,050148National Geographic
52[REC] 2$2,925253%52$585$24,8054Magnolia
53Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$2,924-69%2-2$1,462$62,6969Indican Pictures
54Kings of the Evening$2,688-61%3-1$896$92,63425Indican Pictures
55Around a Small Mountain$2,613421%21$1,307$18,7454Cinema Guild
56Smash His Camera$2,367--1--$2,367$2,3671Magnolia
57Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$2,347-46%2-3$1,174$632,10320Zeitgeist
58Enemies of the People$2,277--1--$2,277$2,2771International Film Circuit
59The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$2,042--1--$2,042$87,85517International Film Circuit
60Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno$2,00828%21$1,004$12,1203Flicker Alley
61Udaan$1,966--3--$655$7,4613UTV Communications
62Great Directors$1,849--4--$462$17,9215Paladin
63I Hate Luv Storys$1,832--5--$366$847,9935UTV
64Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$1,8291%21$915$43,5186Kino International
65Stonewall Uprising$1,67238%2-1$836$110,3137First Run Features
66Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$1,248--1--$1,248$311,79313Kino International
67Princess Kaiulani$654-55%20$327$859,42612Roadside Attractions
68Mugabe and the White African$370-81%10$370$3,4472First Run
69Everyone Else$217-92%1-2$217$84,88759Cinema Guild
70The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers$166-49%10$166$453,82627First Run Features